New York Knicks 70th Anniversary

NYK 106, ORL 95: The Knicks Dominate the Glass En Route to Second Consecutive Win

by Jonah Ballow

How It Happened:
Home court dominance is becoming a reality for this year’s Knicks.  On Thursday night, New York was never in danger while cruising to a 106-95 victory over the Magic at MSG.  The Knicks jumped out to a 27-19 lead in the first quarter to create some separation.  In fact, the home team recorded seven assists on 10 made field goals in the opening quarter.  Six players reached double figures in points, New York connected on 45 percent from the arc, and outrebounded Orlando by 11.  From a defensive standpoint, the Knicks held the Magic to 43 percent from the floor and just 18.5 percent behind the three-point line.  The victory elevated New York to 16-13 overall, 11-4 at the Garden, and a jump to the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference standings.  

Knick of the Night:
Kyle O’Quinn was a monster on the glass with a career-high 16 boards to go along with five blocks.  In 24 minutes of court time off the pine, O’Quinn also registered 14 points (6-12 FG) against his former team.

Derrick Rose finished as the leading scorer for the Knicks with 19 points in 26 minutes.  Carmelo Anthony scored 15 and grabbed eight boards, Willy Hernangomez posted 15, and Brandon Jennings dished out 12 assists in the win.

News and Notes:
Kristaps Porzingis suffered a contused right knee at the 11:38 mark of the fourth quarter.  The big man did not return to action but was seen on the bike near the bench during the final period.

Statistically Speaking:
Against a strong rebounding team, New York snatched eight more offensive boards and scored 23 second chance points en route to its second consecutive win. 

Next Up:
The Knicks will hold a practice session at MSG Training Center tomorrow afternoon.  On Sunday at 12 PM, New York will play host to the Celtics in a Christmas Day clash on MSG Network.